By Keith Kagande (10 July 2022)
Original Article posted on www.globalchessnews.com
The first two rounds saw most of the top players dropping half points to underdogs. Needless to say, we expect some more drama in the third round.
Drama is what we got as the top seed IM Daniel Cawdery took on FM-elect Michael Simpson. We know Michael as a young and upcoming star and he showed us his capabilities in this match.
Both players played solid chess throughout the game. Though it seemed the FM-elect was better prepared as he managed to get a -1.7 advantage at some point during the game.
We are talking about having an advantage over a guy who has been at the top of SA chess for a long time. Cawdery showed his experience and leveled the game… Both players agreed to a draw.
With this result, Daniel Cawdery joined a long list of top players who have dropped half points against lower-rated opponents.
Xolani Mathebula has been the main villain drawing against top-rated players due to his current form. Yesterday he managed to hold back IM Watu Kobese and today CM Keith Khumalo was his next target.
The CM opted to play the Sicilian defense. An opening which he has resorted to multiple times when he is looking for blood.
The match never got going as both players found all the right prophylactic moves to prevent anyone from gaining an advantage.
The game ended in a draw and both players are on 2/3 points after 3 rounds. Next on the plate for Xolani Mathebula is FM Shaabir Bhawoodien whilst CM Keith Khumalo will take on Karabo Teeke.
It’s starting to get tougher at the top and all the top-rated players will soon start to get paired against each other.
Currently, there are only two players who are still on full points, namely IM Dante Beukes and Cavan Jacobs.
The 4th round will see both of them play against each other… If we get a winner that person will become the event’s, sole leader.
With some top guns lurking behind hopefully one or two will go on a winning streak. There are also some youngsters like Lwazi Selepe who are yet to show us their capabilities.
Find Round 4 pairings here:http://chess-results.com/tnr654683.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=4
Find Round 4 games here:https://lichess.org/broadcast/sa-open-2022/round-4/vPpNaVfZ
Check the games on Lichess:
Round 1 (09:30 on 9 July 2022) – https://lichess.org/broadcast/sa-open-2022/round-1/KaTWhnwD
Round 2 (17:00 on 9 July 2022) – https://lichess.org/broadcast/sa-open-2022/round-2/2Y0vdC2a
Round 3 (09:30 on 10 July 2022) – https://lichess.org/broadcast/sa-open-2022/round-3/VW2W7aIZ
Round 4 (17:00 on 10 July 2022) – https://lichess.org/broadcast/sa-open-2022/round-4/vPpNaVfZ
Round 5 (18:00 on 11 July 2022) – https://lichess.org/broadcast/sa-open-2022/round-5/n11pyclp
Round 6 (18:00 on 12 July 2022) – https://lichess.org/broadcast/sa-open-2022/round-6/RWWw67r6
Round 7 (18:00 on 13 July 2022) – https://lichess.org/broadcast/sa-open-2022/round-7/WczzFLh3
Round 8 (18:00 on 15 July 2022) – https://lichess.org/broadcast/sa-open-2022/round-8/t8H6Aou7
Round 9 (09:30 on 16 July 2022) – https://lichess.org/broadcast/sa-open-2022/round-9/ZAr7f24t
Round 10 (17:00 on 16 July 2022) – https://lichess.org/broadcast/sa-open-2022/round-10/VbxWLKq3
Round 11 (09:30 on 17 July 2022) – Link to be provided
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